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PostSubject: Fun Facts about Cats   Fri May 28, 2010 11:42 am

Fun Facts about Cats
By Debopriya Bose

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Are you an ailurophile (a person who loves cats)? If yes, then you already must know a lot about these amazing creatures and also own one. Read on to check if you know about these fun facts about your favorite pet.

It's such a warm feeling when your cat greets you at the door when you go back home from work, and then curls up besides you when you finally settle on the sofa! The association between cats and human beings date back to the times in ancient Egypt, when the people then worshiped Bastet - The Cat Goddess of Home.

Cats are docile yet playful. Their high levels of energy often make them perform antics that leaves us in splits. You may find them romping around in the garden in vain trying to catch a butterfly or struggling relentlessly to free themselves from rolls of yarn they have entangled themselves into. Whatever the situation, cats are amusing and we all love them a lot!

Fun Facts about Cats

* A group of cats is called a clowder whereas a group of kittens is called a kindle.

* Cats love heights. However, a female cat called Mincho in Argentina took this love to the extreme when she climbed up a tree and refused to come down as long as she lived. She spent six years on the tree and produced three litters! Think of the tree loving male cats who fathered her kittens.

* When a cat wags its tail, its bogged with internal conflict. For example, may be it's playtime and your cat wants to go out side but it can't because its raining. You can't imagine your cat's dilemma as it feels torn between the desire to romp in the garden outside and its aversion to getting its coat messy.

* Kittens are often seen trying to climb their owner's legs. While the owner feels pain at the little sharp claws scratching his legs, the kittens think that the leg is a tree trunk that they can scratch and climb.

* Do you have a kitten that rockets around the house toppling anything that comes on its way? It's almost like having a herd of wild animals stampeding in the house. It's not that the kitten is rowdy, just that this hyperactive creature is bored and needs to release its energy. Giving it a toy to play will engage him in quite a 'non-destructive' way.

* Cats are skilled hunters and the trophy for this feat goes to Towser of Scotland. Entrusted with the 'solemn' responsibility of keeping its city free of rodents, this cat killed 28,899 mice in 21 years of service.

* A cat's heart beats 110 to 140 times per minute. This is almost twice as fast as human hearts.

* The nose pad of a cat has a pattern that is unique to every cat. It is like the fingerprint of human beings.

* A female cat can produce more than 100 kittens in her productive life. A Persian cat in South Africa named Bluebell holds the record for giving birth to the largest number of kittens at a time, all of whom survived. Her record holding litter had 14 kittens.

* Cats are very particular about hygiene and cleanliness. They spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.

* After so much in a day's work, it is not surprising that a cat needs to sleep for 16 hours a day! At that rate a seven year old kitten has spent just 2 years of its life awake. Kittens are known to start dreaming right since when they are a week old. We can't blame our cats if they love to sleep!

* There are no mouse flavored cat food in the market because the cats on whom such food was tested refused to eat it.

* Ancient Egyptians are believed to have shaved their eyebrows in mourning when their cats died.

* Every year, Americans spend around 4 billion dollars on cat food. That is more then they spend on baby food! We surely love our animals.

Cats are independent and funny creatures that make excellent pets for human beings. They are friendly and affectionate, and are known to be able to understand their owner's mood. Even though at times they may demand the coziest place by the fireplace, they will always be there when you are feeling low.
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